Sarah Teather, the Lib Dem MP for Brent East who does not claim the allowance, said her commute takes 30 minutes on the Tube and it was "appalling" that other MPs in a similar position claimed for a second home.
She said: "I am eligible to claim it which is ridiculous, it\’s absurd and my constituents would be astonished if I did. I see some of them on the Tube on the way to work and see some of the same people on the way home. They don\’t need a second home to go to after work and they wouldn\’t expect me to."
Miss Teather, who has tabled a motion calling for the abolition of the second homes allowance, lives a short distance from Barry Gardiner, the Labour MP for the neighbouring constituency of Brent North, who claimed £86,687 between 2002 and 2007, the only years for which figures are available.
She added: "There are 20,000 families in Brent waiting for affordable housing. These people are desperate for one place to live and it\’s appalling there are so many MPs claiming taxpayers\’ money to get a second home in London. It\’s completely unjustified and the public won\’t wear it."
But fair play Ms. Teather, fair play.